Big Guns Blast at U.S. Open Billiards Tournament

Big Guns Blast at U.S. Open Billiards Tournament
Climax of U.S. Open first round features blistering blowouts and exciting upsets
by Paul Berg, InsidePOOL Magazine Staff
It wouldn’t be the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships if there were only one clear favorite. In two rounds of play packed with the world’s most elite players, there was run-out pool in every direction. Some top seeds refused to allow their opponents even a single game for their $500 entry fee.
1999 Open champion Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer was the first to blank his opponent, Ken Robbins, and two more bagels were turned in during the next round at 9 PM. Jose “Amang” Parica also cruised to an 11-0 win over John Harris, while Niels “The Terminator” Feijen put together an identically scored masterpiece against Cameron Tahmasebi. Only slightly less oppressive was an 11-1 domination of Ryan Hershman by reigning World 9-Ball champion Ronato Alcano filled with multi-rack runs, solid breaking, and scant opportunities yielded when the running out paused briefly.


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